Lincoln Days

(Frank) And we’re back. (Deb) With Lincoln. (Frank) Yea. Now this is an old, old version of this book. I have a paperback of this. This is “Yarns and Stories of Abraham Lincoln.” (Deb) I have the original, first edition. You see what kind of shape it’s in. Lloyd Zimmer used to lecture me all the time about the condition of my books. But I’m like, Lloyd I read ’em. Plus a lot of the ones that I bought were actually old, I bought from estate sales or whatever, so they were not in great shape. (Frank) Yea. (Deb) But I’ve got quite a Lincoln collection. I’ve got another one. Vanna, could you hold that please? (Frank) Yes. (Deb) One of my favorite authors and a friend of mine, Brian Dirk, “Lincoln and Davis.” I would, this is an awesome book. I teach a class on Mary Lincoln and Varina Davis, the two first ladies of the Civil War. Fantastic reference and just a fascinating book. My good friend, Michael Burlingame, I will hold that for you, my good friend Michael Burlingame wrote the definitive work on Abraham Lincoln, “Abraham Lincoln, A Life.” And it weighs like 10 pounds and so I didn’t bring that today. I’ll have Michael get a shot of that back at the office cause it’s too heavy to bring. But I’ve got a bunch of Lincoln stuff. It’s pretty cool. There’s a Lincoln Society here in Topeka too. And I want to give them a plug. And I don’t know if there are other groups around the state, but the Lincoln Club in Topeka is a small and brilliant group of folks that meet every month and have some kind of Lincoln speaker. They meet at the library so I think you can look them up there. But just lots of cool ways to remember Lincoln… (Frank) Yea. (Deb) …in the coming month. (Frank) You know he was very, very clever. (Deb) Yea. (Frank) He did, well in fact, he could have been a standup comic. Cause he liked to tell stories. And that was the way that he communicated to a lot of people to get his point across. He would say, Well you know…and he would tell a story and it would be, aahhh, now I get it. So he was a very, very clever man. (Deb) He really was. And the movie “Lincoln” with Daniel Day- Lewis, there’s a great scene about exactly that when he comes to the War Department and starts to tell a story. And Stanton’s like, “If I have to listen to another story, I’m gonna die.” But it was a way of communicating like parables. Just a way of communicating. He was brilliant at it. (Frank) Yea. (Deb) But let’s take a look at what’s coming up, Lincoln Days in Lincoln, Kansas, and I hope to see you there. Lincoln County, Kansas, was established in 1867, right on the heels of the Civil War. For the thousands of soldiers headed West, memories of their Commander and Chief were vivid, and sacred. So many of these veterans settled in Kansas that we became known as the Soldier State and the names of counties and towns created during that time reflect their loyalty to the Union. Lincoln Center became the county seat, though not without suffering through one of the county seat wars that plagued western counties and thrives today. Each year, the town of Lincoln celebrates its namesake with Lincoln Days, the passionate project of Marilyn Helmer. The diminutive brunette has brought throngs of talented people together each year in one of the state’s most unique celebrations. At her side is Marla Matkin-actress, educator, living historian. Marla has a passion for history and bringing it to life that is unsurpassed. Traveling throughout the midwest, she brings audiences closer to life in the 19th Century. What these two women manage to accomplish is remarkable and could only be done through the efforts of equally committed town folks and historians far and wide. Kathie and Jack Crispin, who have museums on Main Street, have long been active in history happenings and are a big part of promoting the community. The staff of the Historical Society’s Museum, especially Andy Anderson, work awfully hard to keep the rich story of Lincoln County alive. This year’s events fall on the actual birthday beginning Friday, February 12 and continuing all day Saturday. There is a fee for attending events. I hope to see you and your friends there in supporting this community and remembering, in a very special Kansas way, the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

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